This module provides the opportunity for postgraduate taught students to engage in a sustain period of critical and independent study. The module is core for all students registered on the MSc International Management (with European Study) programme.
Full module specification
|Module title:||Independent Study|
|Duration of module:||
Duration (weeks) - term 2: |
The aim of the module is to provide an opportunity for students to engage in a period of sustained study on a topic of their choice which has to be agreed with an academic advisor (e.g. the PGT WES study abroad co-ordinator. The independent study project should be pursued in the context of the students’ individual programme of study and/or study abroad experience. The nature of the project will vary according to the students’ focus and could take many forms: for example, it could involve a critical reflection on the study abroad experience with particular focus on the student’s educational, personal and career development, or it could involve a case study of a company/key sector, etc.
The distinctive features of this module can be summarised as follows:
1) Addressing QAA Master in Business and Management benchmarking in relation to the need to develop subject knowledge and understanding about the external context including an international dimension [3.5], globalization (growth in international business, intercultural perspective) [3.12], and personal and interpersonal skills, including critical self-awareness and self-reflection [3.13]
2) Encourage students to reflect on a particular issue in depth, and relate this reflection to prior studies and/or their personal and career development.
ILO: Module-specific skills
- 1. plan and construct a self-managed study project
- 2. develop a deep knowledge about the issues and opportunities of a different/foreign/alien/ learning/work environment away from your study base
- 3. employ critical study skills that students need to satisfy the academic requirements of the programme
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 4. These will be dependent on the focus of the students programme
ILO: Personal and key skills
- 5. display confidence in asking the right questions in a range of unfamiliar circumstances
- 6. display decision making; change management; problem solving skills
- 7. reflect constructively on own learning and personal development, evaluating achievements and identifying ways of improving performance
Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
Details of learning activities and teaching methods
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Self-study||150||The learning activities involved will depend on the nature of the students assessment, and may include the following: primary research, preparation of a reflective log, etc.|
|Form of assessment||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Brief summary of the proposed project||Maximum of 300 words||All||Written, e.g. e-mail correspondence between student and academic advisor|
Summative assessment (% of credit)
|Coursework||Written exams||Practical exams|
Details of summative assessment
|Form of assessment||% of credit||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Individual submission||100||Approx 4000 words||All||Written|
Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)
|Original form of assessment||Form of re-assessment||ILOs re-assessed||Timescale for re-assessment|
|Individual submission||Individual submission||All||6 weeks|
The indicative content of this module is illustrated by the learning outcomes. Whilst these provide a broad framework, the specific content of the assessment will be determined by the focus of their independent study topic, the students’ academic preferences, and in close consultation with the academic advisor of the School.
Indicative learning resources - Basic reading
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